$50 Week Grocery Shop

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Once a month Cooking

I hope you all read my tips on reducing your grocery bill - this works in conjunction with those tips. I can only tell you how our family achieve this – you might have some better ideas (if so – please share!!!) or tastes.

First of all – I only shop monthly – but in this instance I’ll do a fortnightly list for ease. So that’s $100 ($50 a week x two weeks). Now I’ll take $10 off that amount as we buy meat in bulk every 8 months or so – the fortnightly shop has to pay for that meat. I only buy what is in season. My Mum has a glut of eggs and citrus – so that’s something I’m lucky not to have to pay for. I buy my fruit & veggies separately from my normal shop (unless Aldi have them ridiculously cheap – which is often!).

1. Meal Planning

I plan my meals around what I have. My fortnightly list usually goes something like this:(ps – all kid friendly food – nothing fancy)


Bacon & Egg Pie

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Beef Chow Mein

Sausages in Pastry

Slowcooker Saucy Sausages

Pasta Cabonara

Apricot Chicken Curry

Savoury Mince on Toast

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Slowcooker Roast Chicken

Chicken Pasta. All are either served with veggies or have veggies in them.


I pack left overs for hubby to take to work. Myself and the kids usually have sandwiches. I’ll get to kids lunches further down. I do baking once a week and we enjoy that the morning teas etc.


Cereal or toast during the week. Crumpets on Saturday, Bacon & Eggs on Sunday.

2. Preparing the shopping list

I write my list up of all ingredients I NEED – for instance – I need pastry and cheese for the bacon & egg pie – but I have some left over in the freezer from last week…. You have to be flexible. That’s why the $50 will go over some weeks – for those kinds of incidentals.

  • Meat: Bacon 1kg $7
  • 2 whole Aldi Chickens $6.50 each = $13
  • Chicken Legs $4
  • Cherios $3

I already have mince and sausages from my bulk meat buy


  • Big tin of apricots $2
  • Spaghetti Noodles $1.50
  • Rice Noodles $1
  • Hokkein Noodles $2.50
  • Sugar $2
  • Flour $0.80c x 2 = $1.60
  • Weetbix $4
  • Butter (get the Black & Gold from IGA – $2.50 for 500g x 2) $5
  • Small bag of popping corn $1
  • Tin of condensed milk $1.50
  • Tin of Evaporated milk $1.50
  • Tins of crushed tomatoes x 3 $3
  • Tomato soup $2

Fruit & Veggies (I purchase mine from the local markets):

  • 1kg Onions $2
  • Big Bag small apples $3
  • Mushrooms $5
  • Pears $3
  • 4kg bag of brushed potatoes $4
  • 1 pumpkin $3Frozen mixed vegies $3

Kids Lunches for school:

  • Poppas from Aldi $2 for a pack of 6
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit that is currently in season (see Fruit & Vege)
  • Popcorn – make it yourself and pop it in a bag – keeps well and kids enjoy it!
  • Go Gurts – yes they are expensive $5 – but you can FREEZE them for lunches (they are yogurts) and they fit into lunch boxes.  Getting a large yogurt and putting dishing it out would work out even cheapers!
  • Box of sultantas (then break up into little bags) $2.50
  • Cherios on the weekends


You have enough ingredients above to make all those recipes – and do baking with whatever else you have in the cupboard!

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